ABI Academy Learners and Delegates

Private Investigator School UK

Delegates and Learners

The Association of British Investigators is sector accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales who recognise the A.B.I as the premier professional body for private investigators working in the UK and beyond: "A non-profit organisation, its national and international membership provides credibility and due diligence". The A.B.I is also an approved supplier to the Law Society of Scotland, who acknowledge: "Its national and international membership provides the only credible list of accredited operatives".

The Security Industry Authority explained that Business Licencing for the UK's Private Investigators was their preferred route back in 2013 (The "Second Tier of Licencing") and will, subject to review, require Private Investigators to obtain ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme), status.

The second tier of licencing or Business Licences for Private Investigators will be based on existing (Draft) British Standards and Association of British Investigator and other trade bodies mandatory qualification requirements to demonstrate professionalism, competence, probity and ethics.






We became part of the A.B.I's training Academy and noticed a big; "Hike", in demand for the Level 3 Awards in Professional Investigations this year.


The Academy conceived and delivered by the President and Governing Council of the Association of British Investigators has become the preferred choice for the 500 - 600 professional investigators who are members of the Association.


Word has spread quickly and the IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators offered by the Association of British Investigators has also become the first choice for PLC's and large organisations that provide professional investigative services in the UK's private sector, preferring the kudos of the A.B.I's qualification above all others to fulfil the “Competency” criteria outlined by the Home Office / SIA for Private Investigator Licencing that is expected in 2015.

S.A.F.E (The Security and Facilities Education Limited), tele: 01952 699039 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the first point of contact for those who are looking to enrol into the ABI Academy. SAFE will record your details (Name, address, contact details) and take the payment. At this point, you will be asked to choose your trainers and preferred exam date and place. There are five accredited training companies to choose from. After you select a training partner you receive your ABI exclusive Academy Training Material and will be guided in your learning (Minimum average self-directed study time recommended = 14.5 hours), the exam is taken after a Surveillance Portfolio has been produced and the on line “Mock exams”, tackled.


Many of the blue chip, S.I.A ACS Accredited companies are taking advantage of the group discount that is available from the A.B.I Academy. If your organisation has 20 or so learners they will qualify for a 20% reduction in their all-inclusive course and exam fee (VAT Inc), so: If your learners are A.B.I Members they pay: £224.16, if they are not A.B.I Members they pay: £276.96.


The A.B.I has delivered a "Win - Win", opportunity for the Professional Investigator sector.



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